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2013 SPA FINALIST - Jacob Byk (16 images)

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The Fracturing of Greene County

Off the roaring banks of the ancient Monongahela River, a town that was built to be destroyed, wakes under an icy shroud of clouds to a flag frozen at half mass. The cracking asphalt that loops around the Old Side of Nemacolin, Pennsylvania has a direct view of what is colloquially known as “Mt. Kilimanjaro” – a toxic and spontaneously combustible mountain of coalmine waste. The shale deposit’s unwanted tenure in the town...
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